Now that warmer weather is approaching it’s time for picnics, family reunions, and camping. One of the best way to eat with family and friends at these events is grilling. Grilling is my favorite way to cook and can be used on a huge variety of foods. Here are five of the most important tips I’ve learned from my history of grilling food over the years.
1. Keep It Hot-One of the most important things I’ve learned about grilling is to preheat the grill like you would an oven. Not only will this ensure even cooking but it also kills any bacteria that may be left on the grill from previous use. When the grill is properly heated it sears your food on contact which prevents sticking and keeps your food juicy and flavorful. Making this initial sear also keeps your cleanup minimal since you don’t have to worry about food pieces remaining on the grill bars.
2. Marinate– While food can turn out well as is, you can enhance the flavor and moistness by choosing to marinate your food between 2-12 hours before grilling. Not only does this add to the favor but it also makes steak and pork seem like more expensive meat. I’ve found that a cheap top round steak will actually taste high quality when properly marinated. You can use almost any type of flavors in your marinade as long as they blend well. My favorite is a combination of Italian vinaigrette, soy sauce, onion, and garlic powder.
3. Watch Your Temp– If you want your food cooked to safety standards or too your preferred rareness, you might want to consider buying a meat thermometer. I use a digital device and my meat is cooked to perfection every time we break out the grill. If you don’t want to buy a digital thermometer you can easily use a standard cooking thermometer you already have. Watch the temp closely to keep your food from becoming dry and tough to chew.
4. Use Aluminum Foil– Not only can you use a grill to directly cook your food but you can also cook food inside of aluminum foil. Using aluminum will help keep juices inside and provide more of a baked flavor. Some examples of things you can cook in foil on the grill are veggies like potatoes or corn, bacon, and even some types of quick baking bread. One that I enjoy is caramelizing bananas and brown sugar and adding it to your standard smores.
5. Let It Stand– After you finish grilling your meat it’s important to let it sit for 3-5 minutes to allow the liquid inside to redistribute evenly, making each bite as delicious as the last. I’ve found that if you want a crunchy crust on your food it’s best to let the meat sit uncovered. Covering the food will potentially start to steam making it softer.
Use any of these tips to seem like a grilling pro at your next get together. Follow these steps to make your next grilled meal the most mouthwatering food you’ve ever tasted. Happy grilling!